Local seniors were fully enthralled in the spirit of the holiday season in a recent Enrichment Workshop offered by the Francis Hardy Center for the Arts. On Nov. 16, residents of Scandia Village in Sister Bay participated in a watercolor workshop led by local artist Ed Fenendael. Each participant created two holiday-themed paintings. Each painting was then reproduced and created into holiday cards, packaged and given to each participant free of charge.
“Education is a lifelong learning process,” said Lynn Mattke, senior housing manager at Scandia. “This art programming extends that learning process, bringing out an ‘I can do it attitude’ in our residents and in turn, reflects positively on their lives and our community at Scandia.”
Mattke is hopeful that 2008 will bring many more collaborative art-related experiences with the Francis Hardy Center for the Arts. Plans are currently underway to build on the FHCA-Scandia partnership, identifying need and interest areas consistent with the Hardy’s mission to promote awareness, understanding and appreciation of the arts. The programming will further the Hardy’s unique vision to light the spark of creativity in individuals of all ages.
This summer the Hardy opened its doors to Scandia residents for its popular Enrichment Series. The August poetry event was hosted by Scandia and transportation needs were coordinated through the Hardy.
“Scandia residents responded positively to the summer programming and responded not only by wholeheartedly participating in gallery events but by becoming active, trained docents,” said Shirley Williams, FHCA board president.
“We have discovered a rich, untapped resource that is the Scandia community. The residents are enthusiastic, fun-loving and a community of people eager to learn, explore and discover the arts.”
For more information about the Francis Hardy Center for the Arts please call 920.854.2210 or send e-mail to [email protected].